Big Data for the Elderly – 2013

Data and sensors have become a part of everyday life. While using them to make cities smarter, we wanted to see how we can work with these data to create useful outcomes to improve lives. In this second big data workshop, we sought to discover ways data and design can come together to create a positive impact on the lives of the elderly, their family members and caregivers.

The workshop combined research on elderly with data and the use of design empathy tools helped participants identify areas of data sources they can employ. Observational studies that focused on interactions with elderly were carried out to understand more about their lifestyles and difficulties. Many interesting insights were uncovered from these ethnographic activities and were translated into initial ideas and product concepts.